I was first introduced to the world of sailing in my pre-teenage years in the late 1950’s.
I started on 11’-6” Penguins. At the local Yacht Club I build, along with family and friends, 11 of the Penguin Class cat rigged boats. Over the next few years I sailed Lightenings, Lasers, Force 5’s, and E-scows. I then moved to into my first “Big” sailboat, a Pearson Electra, the forerunner of the Ensign.
During years spent at Michigan State University undergrad school I joined and sailed in the MSU Sailing Club. Next I spend 3 years not in the sailing world as I enlisted in the United States Marine Corp, deploying to Vietnam for about 20 months. Upon an honorable discharge and returning home I moved back into sailing by way of crewing on many other sailboats.
I have owned, raced and sailed the Great Lakes extensively on my own boats. Among there were an Erickson 38, a Britton Chance 36 (cold-molded wood boat), and my current cruiser/performance sailboat a C & C 37-7.
In 2013 I organized and became the President of a youth sailing school (non-profit 501-C3 organization) located in Ludington. We reach out to youths from 8 years to 17. I am member of the U. S. Sailing Association, and a Past Commodore of the Ludington Yacht Club and currently on the LYC racing committee. And in my spare time I offer sailboats for sales.